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Book Review: The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl: You Know It's True

The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl, Volume 2: Squirrel You Know It's True The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl, Volume 2: Squirrel You Know It's True by Ryan North

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


This second volume of Squirrel Girl collects Issues 5-8 of the first series of Unbeatable Squirrel Girl.

Issue 5 finds Nancy being held hostage in a bank and hoping for the rescue of Squirrel Girl. She shares this with her fellow captives who tell stories they've heard of Squirrel Girl where she was a sidekick to Captain America and had a clone saga. You get to see Squirrel Girl in a lot of different sub-genres. This sort of story has been done a few times, usually with Batman, but I like their execution here.

Issues 6-8 are a bigger story arc that finds Squirrel meeting Chipmunk Hunk and Koi, Chipmunk and Fish themed crimefighters in time for the coming of Ratatoskr, the evil Norse Squirrel god leading up to a team up with the female Thor and the superhero formerly known as Thor. The story is a fun take on the big crossover events that we're going on in Marvel at the time.

The book also includes a story from GLX-Mas Special #1 where she battles MODOK and then a back up story from The Thing #8 from 2006 where she teams up with the Thing against Bi-Beast and she saves the Thing in the most hilariously disgusting way possible. Finally, the book includes a one-page from Age of Heroes #3 where she announces that she's leaving the Great Lakes Avengers. That story is actually kinda pointless.

Overall, I found this book to be fun and well-adorable and the reprinted letters pages add to the charm. It's a book that doesn't take itself seriously and just has a lot of fun doing so. It even poked fun at Marvel's practice of constantly restarting series. I appreciated how they made up for their only being four issues in this trade by throwing in a lot of past material featuring Squrrel Girl which would be a pain to track down.

The book is simple enough for kids to enjoy but has enough humorous bits that the right type of adult reader will like it as well. Overall, this was just a blast to read.



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Published on April 14, 2017 08:41 Tags: marvel, squirrel-girl

Book Review: The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl, Vol. 3: Squirrel, You Really Got Me Now

The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl, Vol. 3: Squirrel, You Really Got Me Now The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl, Vol. 3: Squirrel, You Really Got Me Now by Ryan North

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


The book features the first six issues of volume 2 of the Unbeatable Squirrel Girl, along with Issue 6 o Howard the Duck as part of a crossover.

The first issue is a one-shot that establishes the characters, has Squirrel Girl (Doreen's) mother come for a visit and embarrass her and then we have a Brain Drain appear. The first issue felt a bit over-stuffed and had moments when it was trying to hard

Issues 2-5 is a four-part story that finds Doreen sent back into the time to the early 1960s before the age of Superheroes began. She finds other former ESU Computer Science students also sent back with her. She enjoys the styles of the time and sends a message to her friend Nancy. Unfortunately, the only help Nancy can find come from Doctor Doom. This is a fun travel story that also manages to effectively make fun of Doctor Doom's egotism and his often overrated sense of honor.

Finally the book concludes with a crossover with Howard the Duck. What begins as a search for a missing cat turns into a life and death battle as our heroes face a woman determined to hunt the deadliest game. The first part of this story (Squirrel Girl #6) is really good and has some nice funny moments but the final issue (Howard the Duck #6) is a pretty standard paint by numbers story that often gets Squirrel Girl's voice wrong.

Overall, this book still h has more enjoyable moments than not, so this is wroth a read.



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Published on June 04, 2018 22:23 Tags: marvel-comics, squirrel-girl

Book Review: Squirrel Girl Beats Up the Marvel Universe

The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl Beats Up the Marvel Universe The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl Beats Up the Marvel Universe by Ryan North

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


Squirrel Girl gets a clone of herself. At first, she senses a great opportunity as the two get along. However, the clone reaches the decision that they can only make the world safe for squirrels by bringing the human population under their control, thus setting up a conflict between Squirrel Girl and her double.

This is a really fun read. It takes Squirrel Girl in a different direction and sets up some brilliant scenarios. Even though you're rooting for Squirrel Girl to triumph in the end, its fun to see how her misguided clone manages to clock the entire MCU. Overall, a really fun read.



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Published on March 01, 2020 14:32 Tags: squirrel-girl

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